Sutherland Springs, Texas

Sutherland Springs, Texas
Unincorporated community
Historic building in Sutherland Springs
Historic building in Sutherland Springs
Coordinates: 29°16′24″N 98°03′24″W / 29°16′24″N 98°03′24″W / 29.27333; -98.05667
Country United States
State Texas
County Wilson
Established 1854
Founded by John Sutherland
Elevation [1] 469 ft (143 m)
Population (2017)
 • Total 600
Time zone CST ( UTC-6)
ZIP code 78161
Website Handbook of Texas

Sutherland Springs is an unincorporated community located on the old Spanish land grant of Manuel Tarin in northern Wilson County, Texas, United States. It is located on U.S. Highway 87 at the intersection of Farm Road 539, about 21 miles (34 km) east of downtown San Antonio.

History

Texas Historical Commision marker, Linne Oil Field

Sutherland Springs was platted in 1854, and named after John Sutherland Jr., a pioneer citizen. [2] A post office has been in operation at Sutherland Springs since 1851. [3]

2017 shooting

On November 5, 2017, Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed 26 people and injured 20 at the First Baptist Church. Kelley died afterwards. He crashed his car while being pursued by a church neighbor. He had a gunshot wound the sheriff's department described as self-inflicted. It is the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history. [4]

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